Kidney and Bladder health regimen

I am working on the whole story of Naomi’s kidney issues, but in the meantime, I have read about many families that are going through very similar stories of the horrors of figuring out how to keep their loved ones from UTIs or kidney infections, so I have written up the protocol for what I used.

I have learned even more since then, and would probably use Young Living essential oils such as Thieves (a Young Living Essential Oils blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary), Oregano, and Frankincense. If you are interested in oils, send me a message on Facebook.

At about 3yo, Naomi wound up with a really bad kidney infection. The local doctor (we lived in a very small town) did his best to help her, but unfortunately, the antibiotic he put her on didn’t kill the infection in the walls of her bladder, so as soon as she was off of it, the infection returned. After two rounds of the first antibiotic, he called Naomi’s urologist and he told her the best antibiotic to use. (I will get her records so I can list the antibiotics.)

After that, I started seeking ways to help her keep from getting this horrible things. I couldn’t imagine our life continuing the way it was. I called the local Alaskan natural store, All About Herbs, and a lovely lady named Dori, put together her recommendation. I bought it all.

Every day, I would take the capsules apart, mix them together with some yogurt and she would eat it right up. She hasn’t had a bad infection since.

The first is Cranberry and Buchu. Here is the description from Nature’s Sunshine website:

For centuries, herbalists have known the diuretic properties of cranberry. Scientific studies have concluded that cranberry juice contains substances that support a healthy urinary tract. Cranberries also help promote healthy digestion. Buchu helps nourish the urinary tract. Its powerful, penetrating aroma is akin to peppermint or camphor and helps keep the urinary tract healthy.

cranberry and buchu

The next is Primadophilus l-Reuteri. It is a very strong probiotic. Primadophilus Reuteri fortifies the intestinal tract with a high potency of active lactobacillus cultures. I have done more research since Seth was born and have had other probiotics recommended, particularly Prescript Assist, but I have no personal experience with it, and it is quite a bit more expensive.


There is also a powder version, but I just pulled the capsules apart and mixed them with yogurt. I think you get more for your money in the capsules than the powder form.

Primadophilus Reuteri

The third item is Bifidophilus Flora Force.

Bifidophilus Flora Force provides billions of beneficial intestinal microorganisms that offer a whole range of health benefits. This product contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum plus two additional strains, L. casei and L. rhamnosus for a more complete probiotic formula and added support for the immune system. NSP added fructo-oligosaccharides (short- and long-chain), which support the growth of these beneficial organisms to ensure the potency of this product. Each capsule provides a good balance of 4 billion beneficial microorganisms. This product is recommended for daily use to help maintain a healthy balance of friendly flora in the intestinal tract and to support the immune system. It may support respiratory system health in children and it helps synthesize B vitamins.

Bifidophilus flora force

I hope this helps some of you at least reduce the severity of infections in your loved ones. Please feel free to contact me via Facebook if you have any questions, or just need a listening ear who has been there.

Supplements we use for Down syndrome

I get this question more and more, so I figured it was time to write a blog post about it. I am a firm believer in building up your body with the use of supplements that we don’t necessarily get through our food and environment as well as we were created to do. But I also believe in living life, and not getting bogged down with focusing on it as well. In other words, our diet shouldn’t rule our lives.

Sethy and his hat outside

With that said, here is what I give Seth on a pretty regular basis (life gets in the way sometimes!), as well as what *I* take FOR him, since he is still nursing. This is a good list for me to make as well, so I’m not just trying to remember it in my head. :)

Klaire Labs VitaSpectrum 5.8 oz Powder Berry-Pomegranate Flavor – (He will be starting this next week. We are finishing up his bottle of Nutrivene-D that I bought last year) This is the multi-vitamin that his naturopath recommended because many of the vitamins included in this special formula are bio-available, meaning the body more readily absorbs them.

Probiotics –

Nutrivene Digestive Enzyme – The Nutrivene-D Daily Enzyme contains digestive enzymes including Amylase (breaks down carbohydrates), Cellulase (breaks down fibers found in fruits and vegetables), Lactase (breaks down milk sugar), and Lipase (aids in fat digestion).

B12 in the form of either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin (I also take 1/day of the sublingual methylcobalamin tablet)

Vitamin D (I also take D, but not the liquid)

Phosphatidyl Choline in the form of Sunflower Lecithin (as opposed to Soy Lecithin) (I also take 3/day)





Seth sees a Naturopath Physician, Erica Peirson, who orders and reads his blood tests, and helps me adjust his dosage. We will be adding a few new supplements over the next few weeks, including l-methionine. I will also be updating this post with more information on what we expect these supplements are doing to help him. I am also interested in the following supplements: Longvida Curcumin and Piracetam.